Wimborne victorious in Stour Derby!
Death bowlers do the job as the minstermen bounce back!
Having succumbed to an ignominious defeat to Sherborne last week, the Minstermen where looking to bounce back with a victory in the first Stour derby of the season, Ian Broom made his first appearance for the 1st XI and James Williams returned in place of Ben Ratcliffe and Frank Turrill.
Captain Miller lost the toss and the minstermen were again inserted on a green looking track, however, George Bartlett and Colin Randall came out firing, taking the score to 57-0 after the initial 10 over power play. Randall (15) was dismissed shortly after with the score 62-1. Mark House joined Bartlett (55) and the pair progressed the score past the 100 mark in the 22nd over with Bartlett bringing up his second half century of the season from 72 balls. With Bartlett's dismissal in the 28th over with the score on 115-2, came a flurry of quick wickets, Cormack (0) and House (35) were dismissed within the space of three overs and after getting themselves in David Guest (23) and James Williams (18) also saw there innings ended and the minstermen soon found themselves scratching around for a seemingly defendable total, to add to the middle-late order woes, Bowles (1) was run out and Miller (7) attempted to up the stalling run rate only to find the hands of a Broadstone fielder, it was left to the ever dependable Tom Caines (51) and Broom (3) to take the score beyond 200 and a further crucial 20 run partnership between Caines, who brought up his 50 from 40 balls and Ed Bartlett (1*) to take the minstermen to 230 all out from 49.1 overs. A score that seemed initially 20 or so runs short of par!
230 certainly seemed that as the Broadstone top order made a blistering start! Ed Bartlett (1-37) removed Tooley in his second over but for the next 20 overs Carter and Cook took advantage of the short boundaries square of the wicket and progressed to 100 for 1 after 22 overs. Just as it looked as if the game may have been slipping away, debutant Broom (1-29) lured Cook into chipping one to the safe hands of Randall at short cover and G Bartlett took a good diving catch at mid-on off the bowling of Caines to remove the dangerous Carter for 63 with the score standing at 117-3 and the game now wide open. Caines picked up his second scalp in his following over as Collison was lbw and the strangling and squeezing of the runs that worked so well over the course of last year, lead by Caines (2-35). Wimborne then received a slice of luck as Hammett was run out backing up as a dropped return off his own bowling by Caines was inadvertently deflected onto the stumps and the score stood at 142-5. George Bartlett (2-26) then took over proceedings from Caines and picked up the wicket of Colgate as Broadstone now slipped to 146-6 with Wimborne now truly in the ascendancy. Manley and Beer hung around to move the score beyond 160 but both where removed by Harrison Bowles, who bowled excellently and returned his best figures, 3-15, in his fledgling Wimborne career. Bowles also picked up the wicket of Trembath, as he played one shot to many and was caught well by Bartlett in the covers, and George Bartlett snared the final wicket as Spraggs was adjudged lbw, Broadstone finishing 187 all out, to complete an excellent comeback from the minstermen who picked up a maximum 20 points from the game to draw level in terms of wins/losses with Broadstone and keep the pressure on leaders Swanage.